By Tim Kowols
State legislators met in Madison Tuesday to discuss the possibility of doing something that has not been done since 1789. Wisconsin is joining other states about possibly calling for a federal constitutional convention to discuss adding a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. If approved, only six more states would need to sign onto the measure in order for the convention to take place for the first time since the Constitution was written. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says his group opposes the vote because of its weariness over what else could be discussed once a Constitutional Convention commences.
The creation of a Constitutional Convention is allowed under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which also allows amendments to be passed by a two-thirds vote in the U.S. House and Senate and its ratification by 38 states.